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Pettine plans to name Browns starter later in week
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Monday, August 11, 2014 8:00 PM

BEREA (AP) — Brian Hoyer knows Johnny Manziel is gunning for his job but the Browns' incumbent starting quarterback wants to make one thing clear.

It's his job to lose.

"To me, this is my team until someone else tells me otherwise," Hoyer said.

Wiggins deflects questions about trade to Wolves
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Monday, August 11, 2014 8:00 PM


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TORONTO — When training camp begins in October, he'll be trying to block and deflect shots in the NBA. On Monday, No.1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins was deflecting questions about precisely where he'll be playing.

Last week, Cleveland reportedly reached an agreement in principle to send Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love, who will join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to form a new "Big 3" with the Cavaliers.

That deal, which cannot be officially completed until Aug. 23, when Wiggins becomes eligible to be traded, would leave the rookie swingman playing for a rebuilding squad in the Western Conference, rather than alongside LeBron on a presumed title contender in Cleveland.

Bad behavior on social media can cost recruits
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Monday, August 11, 2014 8:00 PM


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At St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there's a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk.

It's about more than minding their manners. Coach Steve Mask warns players not to post about injuries, which can scare away recruiters. Committing on Twitter to a school is also discouraged — one recent former player tweeted commitments to four different schools without informing any coaches.

"He came across as being not reliable," Mask said. "He gets a little joy out of the attention but it's not worth it."

Mostly positive reviews for NFL's new tablets
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Monday, August 11, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Adjusting to new technology just isn't easy for some people, even in the NFL where everyone is trying to find that winning edge.

Even in a pouring rain, Titans assistant coach Louie Cioffi flipped through soggy black-and-white printouts reviewing the opening series with his defensive backs. A couple times players shielded assistant coaches with towels to study photos of the Green Bay Packers.

So much for the NFL's new tablets only a few steps away.

Dancer goes back-to-back with NRA Sprints at Limaland
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:12 PM
NRA Sprints Shawn Dancer and JR Stewart racing for position at Limaland. (DHI Media/Rick Sherer)



LIMA – When you’re hot you’re hot.

Veteran sprint car racer Shawn Dancer is in the midst of the finest streak of success in his motorsports career and made it two wins in a row with the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park.

Once more, he did it by leading the field flag-to-flag through the 25-lap event.

Starting from the pole position was an advantage for Dancer and he proceeded to fully capitalize. The blue-colored #49 car blasted to the cushion of the racing surface and rolled along, while the rest of the field produced some classic sprint car drama with the next handful of positions. The Hammons team cars with J.R. Stewart and Max Stambaugh as well as Kody Swanson fought over who might ultimately provide a challenge to Dancer.

At the race midpoint, Kody Swanson, a 2014 part-time newcomer at the track, decided to follow Dancer around the top side line. Swanson stayed close to Dancer but in the meantime J.R. Stewart was working to the inside of Dancer and had effectively pulled even. It was a stirring battle that also saw Stambaugh and Dustin Stroup join the already 3-car mix near the front of the field.

A pair of late race restarts made for even more drama but may have slowed the momentum of the group of challengers to Dancer. He stayed strong with his machine on the high side of the track and made it stick during a three-lap dash to the checkered flag. NRA point’s leader Stewart and Swanson followed him across the finish line.